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Nancy Van Devanter,

Associate Professor
433 First Ave Room 670
New York, NY 10010
Areas of Specialization 

HIV/AIDS/STIs, Tobacco Control, Adolescent Health, Community Based Participatory Research, Community Level Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Public Health Practice, Homelessness Prevention, Health Services Research, Translational Research

DrPH, 1992, Columbia University School of Public Health
MPH, 1985, Harvard School of Public Health
EdM, 1975, Boston University,
BS, 1974, Boston University
Diploma, 1964, St Agnes School of Nursing
Professional Overview 
Since the 1990s, Dr. Van Devanter has conducted behavioral intervention research integrating a community based participatory research approach into the development and testing of theory-driven interventions to promote health and reduce disease in populations with significant health disparities in HIV, STDs and tobacco related disease. She has also worked in close collaboration with state and local health departments to develop programs improve community level health and public health practice. Since coming to NYU she has been involved in numerous interdisciplinary collaborative studies with the NYU School of Medicine, Dentistry, and Public Health Program.
Honors and Awards 
2011, Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
2011, Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine
1999, Public Health Achievement Award, New York City Department of Health/ Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
1999, Fellowship in STD Prevention Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1988, Commendation, Office the Secretary, US Department of Health and Human Services for contribution to the National AIDS Education Prevention Program
RN, New York
Professional Membership 
American Nurses Association
American Public Health Association
American Sociological Association
Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science
Public Health Association of New York City

PhD candidacy and dissertation advisement
Global Public Health Capstone
Health issues of Culturally Diverse Families

Hutchinson, M.K., VanDevanter, N., Phelan, J., Malamud, D., Vernillo, A., Combellick, J., & Shelley, D. (2012). Feasibility of implementing rapid oral fluid HIV testing in an urban university dental clinic: A qualitative study.. BMC Oral Health, 12, E. 10.1186/1472-6831-12-11, Epub 2012 May 09.
VanDevanter, N., Dorsen, C.G., Messeri, P., Shelley, D., & Person, A. (2012). Oral health care and smoking cessation practices of interprofessional home care providers for their patients with HIV.. Journal Interprofessional Care, 26, 339-40. 10.3109/13561820.2012.676107, Epub 2012 Apr 17.
VanDevanter, N., Combellick, J., Hutchinson M.K., Phelan, J.A., Malamud, D, & Shelley, D. (2012). A qualitative study of patients’ attitudes toward HIV testing in the dental setting. . Nursing Research and Practice., 2012, 6. Epub 2012 Feb 16.
Van Devanter, N. Kwon, S., Sim, S.C., Chun, K., & Trinh-Shevrin, C. (2011). Evaluation of community-academic partnership functioning: Center for the elimination of hepatitis B health disparities. Progress in Community Health Partnerships, 5, 219. 10.1353/cpr.2011.0043.
Van Devanter, N., Duncan, A., Burrell-Piggott, T., Bleakley, A., Birnbaum, J., Siegel, K., Lekas, H.M., Schrimshaw, E., Cohall, A., & Ramjohn, D. (2011). The influence of substance use, social sexual environment, psychosocial factors, and partner characteristics on high-risk sexual behavior among young Black and Latino men who have sex with men living with HIV: A qualitative study. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 25, 113-121. 10.1089/apc.2010.0100, PMCID: PMC3049423.
Van Devanter, N., Leviss, P., Abramson, D., Howard, J.M., & Honore, P.A. (2010). Emergency response and public health in Hurricane Katrina: What does it mean to be a public health emergency responder?. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 16, E16-E25. 10.1097/PHH.0b013e3181d8bbb2.
Siegel, K., Lekas, H.M., Olson, K., & Van Devanter, N. (2010). Gender, sexual orientation, and adolescent HIV testing: A qualitative analysis. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 21, 314-326. 10.1016/j.jana.2009.12.008, PMCID: PMC2902626.
Merzel, C., Van Devanter, N., & Irvine, M. (2008). Adherence to antiretroviral therapy among older children and adolescents with HIV: A qualitative study of psychosocial contexts. AIDS Patient Care & STDs, 22, 977-987. 10.1089/apc.2008.0048.
Merzel, C., Moon-Howard, J., Dickerson, D., Ramjohn, D., & Van Devanter, N. (2008). Making the connections: Community capacity for tobacco control in an urban African American community. American Journal of Community Psychology, 41, 74-88. 10.1007/s10464-007-9155-7.
Shelley, D.M., Cantrell, M.J, Moon-Howard, J., Ramjohn, D.Q., & Van Devanter, N. (2007). The $5 man: The underground economic response to a large cigarette tax increase in New York City. American Journal of Public Health, 97, 1483-1488. 10.2105/AJPH.2005.079921, PMCID: PMC1931477.
Van Devanter, N.L., Messeri, P., Middlestadt, S.E., Bleakley, A., Merzel, C.R., Hogben, M., Ledsky, R., Malotte, C.K., Cohall, R.M., Gift, T.L., & St. Lawrence, J.S. (2005). A community-based intervention designed to increase preventive health care seeking among adolescents: The Gonorrhea Community Action Project. American Journal of Public Health, 95, 331-337. 10.2105/AJPH.2003.028357, PMCID: PMC1449174.
Merzel, C.R., Van Devanter, N.L., Middlestadt, S., Bleakley, A., Ledsky, R., & Messeri, P.A. (2004). Attitudinal and contextual factors associated with discussion of sexual issues during adolescent health visits. Journal of Adolescent Health, 35, 108-115. 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2003.09.011.
Bleakley, A., Merzel, C.R., Van Devanter, N., & Messeri, P. (2004). Computer access and internet use among urban youths. American Journal of Public Health, 94, 744-746. 10.2105/AJPH.94.5.744, PMCID: PMC1448330.
Van Devanter, N., Shinn, B., Niang, K.T., Bleakley, A., Perl, S., & Cohen, N. (2003). The role of social and behavioral science in public health practice: A study of the New York City Department of Health. Journal of Urban Health, 80, 625-634. 10.1093/jurban/jtg069.
Van Devanter, N., Hennessy, M., Howard, J.M., Bleakley, A., Peake, M., Millet, S., Cohall, A., Levine, D., Weisfuse, I., Fullilove, R. (2002). Developing a collaborative community, academic, health department partnership for STD prevention: The Gonorrhea Community Action Project in Harlem. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 8 , 62-68.
Van Devanter, N., Gonzales, V., Merzel, C., Parikh, N.S., Celentano, D., & Greenberg, J. (2002). Effect of an STD/HIV behavioral intervention on women's use of the female condom. American Journal of Public Health, 92, 109-115. PMCID: PMC1447398.
Van Devanter, N., Parikh, N.S., Cohall, R.M., Merzel, C., Faber, N., Litwak, E., Gonzales, V., Kahn-Krieger, S., Messeri, P., Weinberg, G., & Greenberg, J. (2000). Factors influencing participation in weekly support groups among women completing an HIV/STD intervention program. Women & Health, 30, 15-34. 10.1300/J013v30n01_02.